Night of broadcast finales show mostly steady ratings across channels; NBA Playoff coverage continues to dominate cable; CW 2018-19 schedule with expanded Sunday lineup
|Adults 18-49 rating/share||1.4/6||1.1/5||0.9/4||0.8/3||0.4/2|
|Total Viewers (millions)||4.49||6.48||4.11||4.71||1.05|
Broadcast Primetime Live + Same Day – Wednesday, May 16, 2018
|8 p.m.||Empire (FOX)||1.6/7||5.1|
|The Goldbergs (ABC) – F||1.2/6||5.14|
|The Blacklist (NBC) – F||0.7/3||5.13|
|Riverdale (The CW) – F||0.4/2||1.29|
|8:30 p.m.||Alex, Inc. (ABC) – F||0.8/3||3.35|
|9 p.m.||Modern Family (ABC) – F||1.3/5||4.96|
|Law & Order: SVU (NBC)||1.0/4||5.28|
|SEAL Team (CBS) – F||0.9/4||6.15|
|The Originals (The CW)||0.3/1||0.81|
|9:30 p.m.||American Housewife (ABC) – F||1.1/4||4.11|
|10 p.m.||Code Black (CBS)||0.8/3||5.85|
|Inside the Royal Wedding: Harry and Meghan (NBC) – S||0.6/3||3.73|
|Designated Survivor (ABC) – F||0.6/3||3.56|
- It was another night of finales across broadcast last night, although it was EMPIRE on Fox that kept its hold atop Wednesday’s ratings. The series stayed steady at 1.6 among 18-49s, the highest mark of the night, although SURVIVOR (1.4/-.1) on CBS had the largest audience at 7.45 million viewers. Later on Fox, a new episode of STAR rose a tenth to 1.3 this week.
- As mentioned, SURVIVOR on CBS dropped a tenth week-to-week, while SEAL TEAM ended its first season on an even note, earning another 0.9. CODE BLACK ticked up a tenth, earning a 0.8 this week.
- ABC had the longest line-up of finales for the evening, with all Wednesday programs ending last night. Returning comedies THE GOLDBERGS (1.2), MODERN FAMILY (1.3), and AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE (1.1) all ended their current seasons even with last week, while canceled freshman comedy ALEX INC rose a tenth in its series finale, earning a 0.8. Canceled drama DESIGNATED SURVIVOR also rose a tenth in the finale to score a 0.6, and although its over at ABC, there are still talks going on with Netflix to potentially move the series over to the streaming platform.
- NBC’s BLACKLIST (0.7) ended its current season even with last week, while LAW & ORDER: SVU dropped a tenth to 1.0. A special, INSIDE THE ROYAL WEDDING: HARRY AND MEGHAN, earned a 0.6.
- CW shows posted their usual numbers; RIVERDALE ended its season with a 0.4, and THE ORIGINALS earned a 0.3.
Top 25 Original Programs on Cable – Tuesday, May 15, 2018
|NBA PLAYOFFS||ESPN||8:30 PM||8,229||3.3|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM L||ESPN||11:07 PM||2,907||1.3|
|NBA DRAFT LOTTERY L||ESPN||7:30 PM||2,420||1.0|
|WWE SMACKDOWN||USA||8:00 PM||2,298||0.7|
|SPORTSCENTER 12AM L||ESPN||12:06 AM||1,394||0.7|
|NHL CONFERENCE FINALS||NBC SPORTS||8:03 PM||1,451||0.5|
|DEADLIEST CATCH||DISCOVERY||9:00 PM||1,698||0.5|
|BELOW DECK MEDITERRANEAN||BRAVO||9:00 PM||1,252||0.4|
|CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST||USA||10:00 PM||1,282||0.4|
|LAST OG, THE||TBS||10:30 PM||1,008||0.4|
|SPORTSCENTER 1AM||ESPN||1:00 AM||900||0.4|
|HAVES AND THE HAVE NOTS||OWN||9:00 PM||1,721||0.4|
|NBA PRE-GAME L||ESPN||7:00 PM||950||0.4|
|FORGED IN FIRE||HISTORY||9:00 PM||1,182||0.4|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES BEV HILLS||BRAVO||8:00 PM||1,156||0.4|
|CHALLENGE: CHAMPS VS STARS||MTV||10:00 PM||509||0.3|
|RACHEL MADDOW SHOW||MSNBC||9:00 PM||2,675||0.3|
|KNIFE OR DEATH||HISTORY||10:03 PM||885||0.3|
|HANNITY||FOX NEWS||9:00 PM||3,103||0.3|
|PARDON THE INTERRUPTION||ESPN||5:30 PM||745||0.3|
|SPORTSCENTER MORNING||ESPN||2:00 AM||620||0.3|
|FORBIDDEN: DYING FOR LOVE||INVEST||10:00 PM||1,080||0.3|
|GOOD BONES||HOME||9:00 PM||1,479||0.3|
|HIDDEN POTENTIAL||HOME||10:00 PM||1,150||0.3|
- NBA Playoff action continues to top cable ratings. ESPN’s broadcast of the Cleveland versus Boston game scored a 3.5 among 18-49s, with 8.23 million watching. The subsequent SPORTSCENTER trailed behind in second position with a 1.3, while the network’s broadcast of the NBA Draft Lottery rounded out the top three, scoring a 1.0.
- Elsewhere on cable, WWE SMACKDOWN retained its 0.7 rating for another week, while TBS comedy THE LAST OG fell back a tenth to 0.4 this Tuesday.
- On Bravo, “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fell two-tenths to a 0.4, and the season premiere of “Below Deck Mediterranean” raked in a 0.4 as well.
- The CW FALL 2018-19 SCHEDULE | New programs in UPPER CASE
8-9 PM — Supergirl
9-10 PM — CHARMED | Extended Scene
8-9 PM — DC’S Legends of Tomorrow
9-10 PM — Arrow
8-9 PM — The Flash
9-10 PM — Black Lightning
8-9 PM — Riverdale
9-10 PM — ALL AMERICAN | Extended Scene
8-9 PM — Supernatural
9-10 PM — LEGACIES
8-9 PM — Dynasty
9-10 PM — Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (final season)
- PROGRAMMING NOTES
- Midseason shows:
- THE 100 (Season 5)
- iZOMBIE (Season 5; final season)
- JANE THE VIRGIN (Season 5; final season)
- IN THE DARK (NEW)
- ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO (NEW) / reboot
- Trailers for new CBS 2018-19 shows have been released; see them HERE
- For a look at the US Broadcast landscape for the 2018-19 season, HERE is a great night by night overview.
- Amazon continues to expand its brand in the sports documentary category, this time by commissioning a high-end documentary series around the life and prolific career of soccer player Maradona. The series will look at the Argentinean’s early life and his prolific career, spanning from the Latin American country through Spain and Italy and will chronicle his key role in leading his national team to win the ’86 Mexico World Cup. BTF Media produces in association with Dhana Media and Raze.
- Midseason shows: